U.S. Army Combat Bulletin #18, Progress In Southern France, St. Raphael, etc, August 1944
More info (title cards):
Mediterranean - Progress in Southern France. St. Raphael in August 18 1944 (Winston Churchill fires a howitzer haha.
ETO - Seized German Film (Seized Nazi combat footage of St Lo July 17 & 18. Rockets, anti-aircraft fire, B-25 shot down. American POWs - one wears a flight jacket with "Patchie P.A. - Jersey" on the back.)
Pacific - Invasion of Sansapor
ETO - Battle of France
Operations In Brittany - Third Army Drive Along the Loire
Encirclement of the German 7th Army
Description from the National Archives: "Part 1 shows aerial views of staging areas in Naples, Italy. Troops go ashore (Aug. 15) and advance with tank support. A bulldozer in St. Raphael is wrecked by a German land mine. Troops are welcomed in various towns. Gen. Patch decorates Fighting French of the Interior (F.F.I.) members in a ceremony at St. Tropez.
Part 2 shows destroyed German fortifications near Pisa, Italy, and a dummy U.S. bridge. British troops are welcomed in Florence. Shows views of the city. U.S. engineers build a bridge across the Arno River. Churchill and Gen. Clark visit various 5th Army units.
Part 3 (Reel 2), German film shows the St. Lo counteroffensive: tanks and infantry advance, U.S. tanks burn, antiaircraft fire downs planes, U.S. prisoners are grouped.
Part 4 shows 6th Army troops in a staging area, boarding ships, and landing unopposed at Sansapor, New Guinea. Supplies are brought ashore and troops enter the deserted village.
Part 5, an island in St. Malo harbor is shelled after Germans refuse to surrender. The 3rd Army battles for and occupies Nantes, Angers, and Orleans.
The 9th Army (Reel 3) and Canadian troops capture Le Mans, Alencon, Argentan, Mortain, and other cities. Shows Gen. Le Clerc. A German ammunition truck is hit; Frenchmen receive arms; Spanish workers are captured at a Falaise factory; British troops take Mongolian prisoners; Canadian and U.S. troops meet, cutting German lines (Aug. 19); thousands of prisoners are interned. Eden, Sec. Patterson, de Gaulle, and Generals Eisenhower and Somervell arrive at Cherbourg for a conference.
Part 6 (Reel 4), French patriots and Allied troops liberate Paris. Frenchmen draw arms, erect barricades, and battle Germans 6 days before the Allied entry. Troops are joyously welcomed. Snipers fire into crowded streets. Germans and collaborationists are escorted through angry crowds. Shows celebrations."
National Archives Identifier: 24308
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